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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin attends a parliament session at lower house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 13, 2020. Muhyiddin said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 his government was prioritizing protecting people from COVID-19 amid a new outbreak after the king rejected an emergency proposal that critics saw as an undemocratic attempt to hold onto power. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian PM faces calls to resign after emergency rebuffed

Oct. 26, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister faced calls to resign from both sides of the political aisle Monday after the king rebuffed his proposal for a coronavirus emergency that critics saw as an undemocratic attempt to hold onto power. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's proposal for the...

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah waves as he leaves National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. National Palace statement says Malay rulers has decided not to accede to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's request to declare a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's king rejects PM's proposal to declare emergency

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Sunday rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency to fight a new outbreak of the coronavirus. The plan by Muhyiddin, which involves suspending Parliament, has sparked national outrage, with critics...

Motorists drive in front of the prime minister's office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Friday he was concerned about reports that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassi may invoke emergency laws to suspend Parliament and stymie bids to oust his government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Anwar warns Malaysia PM seeks emergency law to keep power

Oct. 23, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he's concerned about reports that the prime minister is seeking the declaration of a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus as an excuse to suspend Parliament so he can stymie bids to oust his government. Local media has...

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt, of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and other officials, speak, Thursday,  Oct. 22, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington. A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal.  The company, Goldman Sachs Malaysia, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn. (Yuri Gripas/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Goldman Sachs subsidiary pleads to US charges in 1MDB probe

Oct. 22, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal. In addition, several current and former top...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to media after leaving the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Anwar was questioned by police over the dissemination of a purported list of lawmakers supporting his bid to oust the government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Anwar grilled by police over bid to become PM

Oct. 16, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was grilled by police on Thursday over his bid to oust the government, in what he called “political harassment" to thwart his attempt. Anwar met the nation’s king on Tuesday to show evidence that he has majority support...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves after delivering a speech at the Lanting Forum held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. While on a current trip to Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Yi says the United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China FM calls US Indo-Pacific strategy a huge security risk

Oct. 13, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region, China’s foreign minister said Tuesday during a tour of Southeast Asia, where Beijing and Washington are locked in a battle for influence. Speaking in...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a press conference after meeting the nation's king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Anwar met the king Tuesday in a bid to form a new government after claiming he had secured a majority in Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Anwar meets king in bid to form new government

Oct. 13, 2020 6:40 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he presented the king Tuesday with evidence that he has enough support among lawmakers to topple the prime minister and form a new government, an assertion the palace rejected. Anwar said he showed he has the support of over 120 lawmakers,...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus sits on a stool as masked residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. China's government says all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao will be tested for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found. The announcement Monday broke a string of weeks without any locally transmitted infections reported in China. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak

Oct. 12, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found, the government announced Monday. The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions reported within...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2008, file photo, Elliott Broidy poses for a photo at an event in New York. Broidy, a fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, has been charged in an illicit lobbying campaign aimed at getting the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Prominent GOP fundraiser charged in covert lobbying effort

Oct. 8, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elliott Broidy, a prominent fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, has been charged in an illicit lobbying campaign aimed at getting the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund. Broidy...

The TIPCO tower stands in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. One of Asia's biggest asphalt companies, Tipco Asphalt, is helping Venezuela skirt harsh U.S. sanctions by moving hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of the state-run oil company PDVSA, according to an Associated Press investigation. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

To dodge sanctions Venezuela turns to Asia asphalt giant

Oct. 8, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Back in January, a yearlong campaign of U.S. sanctions was taking its toll at Venezuela’s state-run oil company. Many of PDVSA’s overseas bank accounts had been frozen or closed, hampering its ability to pay vendors on whom it relies to keep the nation’s crude flowing. ...